Nuclear Janitors: Contract Workers at the Fukushima Reactors and Beyond

Hecht, Gabrielle
January 2013
Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus;1/14/2013, Vol. 11 Issue 2, p4
The article offers information on cleanup of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Japan and ordinary maintenance work in nuclear reactors, highlighting the threatful working conditions for the labor force. It states that according to a report by Tokyo Electric Power Co. Inc. (TEPCO), over 24,000 men have engaged in cleanup and decontamination work, who join due to financial necessity. It mentions that a survey conducted in late 2012 revealed that almost half had been hired under circumstances that violated Japanese labor laws.


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